Goats arrive to landscape the highlands

July 14, 2009

Herds of rented goats began arriving in the Issaquah Highlands last week to landscape hard-to-reach areas. At right, a map shows the locations where the goats will graze. By Warren Kagarise

Herds of rented goats began arriving in the Issaquah Highlands last week to landscape hard-to-reach areas. At right, a map shows the locations where the goats will graze. By Warren Kagarise

Issaquah Highlands’ backyards will resemble barnyards for the next few weeks as goats landscape vacant land.

About 120 rented goats set to work July 6 on about a half-acre along 24th Avenue Northeast. Goats are nibbling high grass and invasive species, such as Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom.

The first herd — from Rent-a-Ruminant, of Vashon Island — chomped across TV screens and YouTube in a lighthearted spot about goat landscapers for PEMCO Insurance.

Watch the four-legged landscapers work from three locations: South Pond, where goats will work on the hillside between the pond and homes on 24th Avenue Northeast; 1499 24th Ave. N.E., where a trailhead meets homes located above South Pond; and two trails that cross a large tract where goats began working July 11. Access points for the trails are at 30th Avenue Northeast at the west end of Harrison Street, or from 28th Avenue Northeast at Julep Street. Read more

Goats arrive to landscape Issaquah Highlands hillsides

July 7, 2009

UPDATED — 5:30 p.m. July 7, 2009

Issaquah Highlands backyards will resemble barnyards for the next few weeks as goats landscape vacant land.

About 120 rented goats set to work yesterday on about a half-acre along 24th Avenue Northeast. Goats nibble high grass and invasive species, such as Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom.

The first herd — from Rent-a-Ruminant, of Vashon Island — nibbled across TV screens and YouTube in a lighthearted spot for PEMCO Insurance about goat landscapers.

Goat Landscaping In Highlands / July 7, 2009

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Goats will landscape highlands hillsides

June 9, 2009

Goats from Rent-a-Ruminant and Healing Hooves will eat invasive plants in the Issaquah Highlands this summer. Goats have done landscape work for several municipal projects, Contributed

Goats from Rent-a-Ruminant and Healing Hooves will eat invasive plants in the Issaquah Highlands this summer. Goats have done landscape work for several municipal projects. Contributed

Parts of the Issaquah Highlands will resemble a PEMCO Insurance ad in late June and early July, when hundreds of goats start to munch invasive plants on steep hillsides. Some of the goats clearing brush in the highlands were featured in the “Goat Renter Guy” spot that poked fun at Pacific Northwesterners for relying on ruminants to tame wayward plants.

Issaquah Highlands Community Association managers hired a pair of goat herders — and about 400 goats — to tackle landscaping on stretches of hillside too difficult and expensive for human crews to maintain.

“I’m told they’ll eat anything that’s green,” said Russ Ayers, landscape manager for the highlands community association.

Goats will work in the highlands for about two and a half weeks. Ayers said arrival dates for the goats had yet to be finalized.

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Candidates file for City Council, school board, more

June 9, 2009

Mayor Frisinger unopposed

Mayor Ava Frisinger will run unopposed for a fourth term and seven City Council candidates will battle for four seats, according to unofficial King County Elections filings. Read more

Highlands resident will run for City Council

March 30, 2009

Mark Mullet

Mark Mullet

Mark Mullet will seek a City Council seat, but the Issaquah Highlands resident said he would wait to decide which seat to pursue.
Mullet, 36, said he would announce which seat he will seek when the June 5 filing deadline draws near. Voters will cast ballots for four council members in November. The seats held by Council President Maureen McCarry, Councilwoman Eileen Barber, Councilman John Rittenhouse and Councilman David Kappler will be up for election. None of the council members have announced their intentions. Read more

Mark Mullet decides to run for City Council

March 30, 2009

NEW — 10 a.m. March 30, 2009

Issaquah Highlands resident Mark Mullet will seek a City Council seat.

Mullet, a Seattle native who moved to Issaquah three years ago, said he wants to promote managed growth and environmental protection as a member of the seven-member council.

Mark Mullet

Mark Mullet

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